Story last updated at 4/8/2009 - 11:03 am
JUNEAU - Only about 80 percent of Alaska jobs are held by Alaska residents. This statistic was presented by David Stone, deputy commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, speaking to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce April 2.
According to Department of Labor statistics, the 19.6 percent non-resident hire results in approximately $1.7 billion per year exported in wages to out-of-state workers.
"If we could just capture half of those wages, that would be an economic boon to the state," Stone said.
Another labor concern Stone spoke of is the age of the workforce, as baby-boomers begin to retire. Stone said that about 25 percent of the state's workers are over 50 years old, and many are close to retirement.
"There will be many high-wage, skilled jobs opening," he said.
With that in mind, the Department of Labor is working with the University of Alaska and various industries and businesses to make sure there are young Alaskans prepare to fill the jobs as they become available.
"There's never been a time when education, industry and the Department of Labor have been so aligned," Stone said.
The next Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be at noon on April 9 at the Moose Lodge, 8335 Old Dairy Road Craig Duncan, CBJ finance director, will give a presentation on the 2010 fiscal year budget. For details, call 463-3488.